Defense Minister Oppha Muchinguri while giving oral evidence before the Defence and Security Parliamentary Portfolio in parliament said the stories that Zimbabwe deployed the army to help Mozambique fight Islamic Insurgents were dangerous social media lies.
Responding to reports in the media about the deployment of the army Muchinguri said:
Those are social media dangerous rumours and lies. Dismiss them with the contempt they deserve. Regarding Mozambique, there was a (SADC) Troika meeting that took place here in Zimbabwe, but there is no harm when a chairman of an organ is invited by a neighbour to say I have a problem in Mozambique, can you assist me? Equally, any country surely, whether Zimbabwe or any country can raise a flag to say I am in trouble. That is what happened
Because of the location of Mozambique, you cannot go as one country to settle a problem that will overflow to a number of countries,” Muchinguri told the legislators.
So we take that regional posture. So it is not correct, no country will dare go into a situation, whether it was in DRC, again it was SADC or everywhere that we have gone to, we do have treaties and conventions. We respect those. We abide by certain rules and regulations, principles of SADC that another country cannot go into another territory without general understanding and agreement.
As chair of the regional bloc currently, Zimbabwe will not act alone, we have Malawi which was also a cause of concern and we did as a region deploy our own observers and technical teams to assess the situation.
Other government officials also denied the same reports and said they were not true and didn’t offer any further explanations.
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